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Sajaad Mohamed Abu Abdallah

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 105012, tabled on 13 September 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the fatal shooting of Sajaad Mohammed Abdalla in Awamiya on 12 June 2017.

Answered on

12 October 2017

Our Ambassador to Saudi Arabia raised the operation in Awamiyah with the Government of Saudi Arabia on 26 July, including measures to guard against civilian casualties. The Saudi authorities underlined the seriousness it placed on fulfilling its responsibilities to all its citizens, including the Shia. We continue to monitor the situation in Awamiyah closely and we will continue to raise legitimate concerns at every appropriate opportunity. The British Government strongly supports the right to freedom of religion or belief, which is restricted in Saudi Arabia; and thus it remains a Foreign & Commonwealth Office human rights priority country.